Bill Clinton is, as we all know, a terrible example for children and should have been put in the stocks for his terrible sexual peccadilloes. George Bush is, of course, a good Christian man who helps our teenage girls to stay pure and good until their marriage night with abstinence only education.
At least that’s what the media and the right wing noise machine will tell us, equating the Democrats with weak morality and the Republicans with “family values.”
But the evidence rarely shows that to be the case. Here’s more info that puts the lie to conventional wisdom:
With teenage birth rates rising nationally for the first time in 15 years, a majority of New Jersey residents worry that pregnancy among teens is a major problem in the state, according to a Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey poll.
Fifteen years ago? What happened 15 years ago, in 1993? Oh, Bill Clinton became President and ended a streak held by George Bush the First of increasing teen pregnancy.
And he implemented programs that taught kids about HIV and safe sex, and for the rest of his term pregnancy rates continued to fall.
It wasn’t until the good Christian and moralist George Bush the Second trashed all those safe sex programs and spent seven years telling kids they would be OK as long as they ignored those sexual urges God gave them that teen pregnancy rates began to rise again.
Sixty-one percent of New Jersey adults believe teenage pregnancy is a major problem, while 27 percent say it’s just a minor concern, and 10 percent have no opinion.
Those 61 percent probably think that the damn immoral relativist Democrats are to blame, and will consider voting for McCain over Obama. Even though McCain cheated on his first wife and got married just a month after he divorced her.